Six deaths and over 2,000 dengue cases reported in Karnataka

south | 18 July 2016 4:02 AM (UTC)
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While the state Assembly session is currently dominated by police suicides and unnatural death cases, the recent spate of dengue deaths and increasing cases may also put the ruling Congress in a spot.

 

So far six deaths and 2,284 cases across the state have been reported since January. The health department says the cases shot up after the monsoon and is worried as the rains will continue till November.

 

According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Report (NVBDCP), Davangere (139 cases), Shimoga (160), Haveri (124), Mysuru (208), Hassan (107), Dakshina Kannada (260), Udupi (319) and Bengaluru City (261) are worst hit.

 

Dr BG Prakash, joint director, NVBDCP says, the department has intensified its screening activities and asked the public to maintain personal hygiene and take mosquito control measures at home as this deadly disease for which there no definite treatment, spreads through mosquito.

 

In Bengaluru, where over 200 positive cases have been reported, also has spread a panic. The families if find a person with fever, rush to clinics and hospitals to get tested. 

 

Dr Lokesh, medical officer, Institute of Public health says that yesterday a 24-year-old girl died due to pneumonia. There was so much fear that her family went on to draw the conclusion that that the death was due to dengue as she had fever for the last one week.

 

There are, however, cases across the city and link workers have been deputed at vulnerable locations to conduct screening and awareness activities and to give symptomatic treatment and control measures.

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